The available technology that can be integrated into your commercial vessel's already installed screens can be quite overwhelming. The options seem endless, but some companies have nailed camera technology down to science. Teledyne FLIR offers many monitoring options for your engine room, from more affordable options such as the Elara FB-Series 0 to the F-644-ID-N thermal cameras.

FLIR was created to improve safety in the challenging conditions in commercial environments, including those faced by commercial fishing vessel crews regularly. Adding a thermal camera can create another set of eyes throughout the poor visibility on deck and be constant surveillance in the engine room to ensure the vessel and crew's safety.

It’s not new that managers and scientists have discussed implementing cameras in certain commercial fisheries; however, cameras can allow fishermen always to prioritize safety. The U.S. Coast Guard has used infrared cameras for years to search for crews overboard. Recently, scientists have used specially designed infrared cameras to image species. FLIR’s cameras can be one more safety tool aboard your fishing vessel to provide peace of mind. 

FLIR’s infrared cameras allow operators to see through rough seas and air pollutants such as smoke and haze in total darkness. Established in 1978, FLIR Systems has pioneered the development of low-cost, high-performance imaging systems, now known as Teledyne FLIR LLC. Toward the end of the 1990s, FLIR acquired Agema of Sweden and Inframetric of Boston, providing the engineering teams, sales, and support infrastructure that propelled the company forward in the commercial thermal imaging markets. Agema and Inframetrics represent over 60 years of significant expertise in infrared camera development and thermography applications. Since then, the company has grown and invested in further markets to expand global awareness of the importance of the power of thermal technology. 

The Elara FB-Series 0 provides industry-leading thermal imaging for perimeter and broad-area protection. The camera offers " plug-and-play” compatibility with external video analytics and major VMS suppliers to provide a flawless user experience. The FB-Series 0 utilizes the same thermal sensor technology used in all FLIR’s award-winning perimeter protection thermal cameras.

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Carli is a Content Specialist for National Fisherman. She comes from a fourth-generation fishing family off the coast of Maine. Her background consists of growing her own business within the marine community. She resides on one of the islands off the coast of Maine while also supporting the lobster community she grew up in.

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